The UTHealth Houston – Center for Advanced Cardiopulmonary Therapies and Transplantation (ACTAT) is based on the heart team concept, with cardiologists, cardiothoracic surgeons, and pulmonologists practicing under one umbrella, tailoring treatment to the needs of the patient to produce the best possible outcomes.
Our multidisciplinary teams include cardiologists, interventional cardiologists, cardiothoracic surgeons, cardiac electrophysiologists, advanced practice providers, pulmonary critical care internists, dietitians, social workers, pharmacists, left-ventricular assist device (LVAD) and transplant coordinators, physical therapists, and a supportive care team that coordinate comprehensive heart failure management.
ACTAT receives critically ill patients in cardiogenic shock from community hospitals in a spoke-hub distribution paradigm, organizing transfers in a series of spokes that connect outlying hospitals to the ACTAT, our central hub, for urgent evaluations for heart transplant and durable mechanical circulatory support devices – LVADs. We facilitate rapid transfers through Memorial Hermann Life Flight®, the only hospital-based air ambulance service in Houston and its surrounding communities.
Affiliated with McGovern Medical School, ACTAT features a continuum of heart and vascular care including a chest pain center, cardiology, cardiothoracic and vascular surgery and cardiac rehabilitation. Our patients have access to heart specialists with extensive training and experience in the complete range of cardiac treatments, from interventional cardiology to electrophysiology and complex robotic-assisted procedures.